Posted On: 04/15/18 2:00 PM
These talented freshmen from Georgia logged significant minutes and made an immediate impact for their college team this year:
Wendell Carter (Pace Academy – Duke)– Wendell Carter (pictured) made a huge impact for the Duke Blue Devils this season. He averaged 14 points and 9 rebounds this season and earned All-ACC honors while leading Duke to a number 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Against Kansas in the Elite 8, he fouled out on a controversial block call that eventually led to Duke losing the game. Even though he is a predicted top 10 pick in the draft, his draft status is undecided.
Collin Sexton (Pebblebrook – Alabama)– Sexton, better known as “Young Bull”, dominated his freshman year at Alabama. He averaged 19 points, 4 assists, and 4 rebounds per game. Against Texas A&M, he scored a game-winning basket to advance Alabama to the next round of the SEC Tournament. Sexton announced to media that he will enter the NBA draft.
MJ Walker (Jonesboro – Florida State)– The former Jonesboro standout had a solid season for Florida State. He averaged 7 points per game, including a season-high of 24 points against Virginia Tech. Walker played important minutes for Florida State in the NCAA Tournament.
Rayshaun Hammonds (Norcross – Georgia)– The 6’8 forward from Norcross averaged 7 points and 5 rebounds for Georgia this season. He scored a career high 21 points in a win against LSU. Hammonds has solidified himself as a sure starter for the Bulldogs next season.
Darius Perry (Wheeler – Louisville)– The Wheeler product had a solid season amidst all the controversial allegations at Louisville this year. He averaged 4 points and 2 assists, including a number 1 play on SportCenter’s Top 10 Plays.
Chuma Okeke (Westlake – Auburn)– Okeke provided Auburn with instant offense off the bench this season. He stretched the floor with his hot shooting and averaged 8 points and 6 rebounds per game for the Tigers.
Davion Mitchell (Liberty County – Auburn)– Like Okeke, Mitchell also provided Auburn with quality minutes off the bench. He averaged 4 points and 2 assists this season but has announced his plans to transfer from Auburn.
Al Durham (Berkmar – Indiana)– Durham made steady strides this year for Indiana. He started nine games and averaged 5 points and 2 rebounds per game.
Justin Forrest (Greenforest – Appalachian State)– The former Greenforest Christian standout surprised many this year with his early productivity. Forrest averaged 14 points and 3 rebounds per game for Appalachian State this season. He made a name for himself as a knockdown shooter and is one to watch for the next three years.
Isaiah Miller (Newton – UNC Greensboro)– Isaiah Miller, who is well-known around the state for his superb athleticism, had a successful season for UNC Greensboro. He averaged 8 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals per game and logged important minutes against Gonzaga in the NCAA Tournament.